The Dos and Don’ts to Staying Safe Over Halloween Weekend

By Maddie Greene, Student at Minnesota State University, Mankato

It is finally Halloween weekend. Many students count down the days, plan elaborate costumes and barely make it through the week before due to the pure excitement that comes with this holiday.

While the weekend is sure to be filled with good times and good friends, it is important to remember a few things when venturing out to celebrate.

Have a plan.

Yes, this sounds silly when heading out for the evening. But a plan can really save an evening from becoming a disaster. From how you are getting from place to place to knowing who to call if you get split up, these are little things that will make a BIG difference if you find yourself in a pickle!

Drink Responsibly.

I know, you’ve heard this from everyone. Your parents, friends and professors. But if you drink responsibly you’re saving yourself and your friends from a world of worry later on.

Drink slowly.

Just because there is an entire bottle of wine sitting in front of you does not mean that you need to finish it within the first hour.  Take it slow and know your limit. Watch your drink if you set it down and do not take drinks from strangers.

Have a sober driver.

Whether you have a friend on speed dial or know the number of the cab company in town, just be sure to have a sober driver that can get you home. Nothing is worse than being stuck somewhere you don’t want to be after drinking too much. No matter how good you think you feel, if you’ve had even a sip of alcohol, do not drive. Drinking and driving is dangerous to anyone who is on the road. Don’t let one bad decision affect the rest of your life.

Buddy System.

Go out in groups. This is the key to a successful evening. Even if you find yourself at a less than exciting party, at least you brought the party with you! Grab a few girlfriends, dress up and head out together. This way, if something happens and you need a friend, you don’t have to wait for someone to get to where you are. Don’t let friends leave alone and stay together. If you find yourself in a situation that makes you rethink where you are, maybe it is time to find another spot to hang out.

Watch the size of the party.

Big house parties are fun, don’t get me wrong. But knowing the size of the party and how the party is behaving is an important key to staying safe this weekend. If the party gets out of hand, your best bet is to head out. Rather leave the party a little early than get into trouble or be part of an uncomfortable situation.

Most importantly, have some fun.  This is what being young is about.

Dressing up and going out with friends will be the things you remember about these golden years. Use the tips given here for a little guidance as you hit the town in your costumes!


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